Juliette has escaped to Omega Point, a safe haven for people like her —people with abilities—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. Finally free from The Reestablishment and Warner’s plan to use her as a weapon, she needs to learn to harness her power in order to use it against them. What she doesn’t expect is just how badly Warner wants her back, and what he is willing to do to have her. Juliette is faced with difficult decisions that will force her to choose between what she should do and what she wants to do. But just what or who will she actually choose?
The Beautiful Writing!!!
Mafi uses the 1st person present in a truly unique way that I’ve never seen before. Juliette’s perspective is sometimes very stream of consciousness and through the use of repetition and descriptive language, everything she says comes off being so authentic and real.
The way Juliette sees the world, everything about how she analyzes it, makes her voice literally leap off the page. Her perspective is so passionate, so thoughtful and sometimes alarmingly breathtaking.
“My new world is etched in gunmetal, sealed in silver, drowning in the scents of stone and steel.”
I love the places where she crosses out her own words. It’s like she has the courage to write them down, reconsiders, writes it again, and crosses it out only to rephrase it in a way that she thinks will be more acceptable. I feel like this represents my own feelings of sometimes needing a to put a filter on myself even when I’m in the safety of my own thoughts.
I’m going to tell you a secret. I don’t regret what I did. I’m not sorry at all. In fact, if I had a chance to do it again I know this time I’d do it right.“
The prose is just elegant and skillfully crafted. Mafi’s writing makes me want to write this way, if only I could, LOL!!
Eye-Opening Character Revelations
Understanding where Warner comes from was eye opening. His motivations were made so clear and the unanswered questions that I had about him from Shatter Me were finally answered. I do love a well-rounded villain.
Now as for Adam, well, honestly, he annoyed the hell out of me. Was that done on purpose? I don’t know, but he was just a whiny little child to me in this book. Yeah, he had problems, fine, but COME ON, all of that? His responses to everything were so blown out of proportion, I thought he came off as possessive, domineering and pathetic; qualities that are not attractive to me in a male character AT ALL!
Bigger Book = More to Love!
Unravel Me is quite a bit longer than Shatter Me and uses it’s extra length to good use. In this sequel, we really delve deeper into Juliette’s roller coaster of emotions. We get to know her better, understand her motivations more, and because of this, we become that much more connected to her and the turmoil inside of her.
“Hope. It’s like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It’s fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it’s the only thing in the world keeping me afloat.”
Her personal issues are laid out on the page, raw and unapologetic. It’s hard not to fall head first into her words, finding yourself tumbling through the story at a breakneck pace because there is just no way not to be bewitched by her perspective, by her desires and hopes. She makes you want what she wants, and she makes you feel just as confused as she is.
I love that there is still a lot left unresolved. Some people may call that unfulfilled promises but I’m totally hooked. I am craving to read what happens next in Ignite Me and I would never have expected the plot to unfold the way that it did.
“I’m beginning to think of hope as a dangerous terrifying thing.”
I loved getting to know the characters more as the plot moved forward, loved seeing how Juliette grew and even devolved a little (but this is done so convincingly in my opinion that I didn’t think it was some sort of cop out for having her magically grow a ton by the end of the book.) Juliette develops as the plot does, and her decisions are directly related to all that happens. She is both in control and not. How does Mafi do this!? It’s both jarring and exhilarating being taken on this ride through this book. There are so many points in this book that the twists had my heart thudding out of my chest because I was so excited/terrified/appalled of what just happened.
Overall consensus? I LOVED LOVED LOVED Unravel Me. Thanks to a full TBR this month the sequel will just have to wait until next month, but I’m really dying to know what happens next!
SPOILER ALERT! STOP READING RIGHT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!
For those of you who have read this book, please do read on, I have a little bit of fangirling to do…
Alright, so can I just say that I really really liked Warner? He’s such a vivid character, he’s so messed up but he’s so honest about that. I can’t help but pity him. Which of course that’s like the last thing he wants, but seriously, how can you not pity the guy? He has some serious daddy issues! I loved seeing the snippets of what I’m assuming is the real him; things like him feeding the puppy and asking his dad to stay in sector 45 to be near his mom, him taking his mother’s maiden name rather than his father’s! Like I have a huge bleeding heart for all that stuff.
Some may think the fact that Warner memorizes lines from Juliette’s notebook as creepy. Okay, so it is sort of weird. I admit. But, it’s also like super romantic in a really awesome messed up kind of way. I mean what a mouthful to have memorized:
“On the darkest days you have to search for a spot of brightness, on the coldest days you have to seek out a spot of warmth; on the bleakest days you have to keep your eyes onward and upward and on the saddest days you have to leave them open to let them cry. To then let them dry. To give them a chance to wash out the pain in order to see fresh and clear once again.”
I had trouble memorizing Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice” and the entire poem rhymes!! So, yeah, I totally love Warner. I’m not a huge fan of cry baby Adam right, now, he just pales in comparison to Warner for me.
Is it so bad that I am willing to forgive Warner for trying to kill Adam? Is it? Ughh, I’m soooo conflicted! I don’t want to love this guy as much as I do, but he’s such an addicting character.
Like seriously, how does this not just make you melt into a little puddle?
“I want to know how to convince you to design a smile just for me.”
That kind of stuff right there is seriously super attractive, a guy that knows how to use language like a weapon. My kind of guy. I despise blubbering oafs as romantic interests, and for me, Warner makes Adam look like the king of them. *End of fangirling*
Title: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Yes, 2/3
Genre(s): Young Adult Science Fiction, Dystopia